Parent Empowerment through Advocating for Change and Education

NNEDLearn 2014 Participant: New Mexico Asian Family Center

Description: The Parent Empowerment through Advocating for Change and Education (PEACE) program was started to increase the capacity of systems serving the Asian community in order to contribute to a thriving Asian community in New Mexico; promote Asian families’ knowledge, access, and empowerment; and increasing connection and collaboration in the community for the Asian population.

Population of focus: New Mexico’s Asian population — Immigrants, refugees, and their families, Low-income, Limited English Proficient

Setting: Community center

Level of focus: Individual, Family, Community

Background: Living in the United States can be hard for new immigrants, especially when they are facing language, system and social barriers. The program provides Chinese and Vietnamese parenting groups in Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese with activities for both children and parents such as storytelling, cooking classes, and craft making.


  • Semi-formal needs assessments
  • Creation of a comprehensive, multi-year funded community based plan
  • Creation of a space to facilitate social networks for Vietnamese and Chinese families to learn from one another
  • Parents in leadership roles within their families, communities, and mainstream organizations
  • FY13: 146 unduplicated clients received case management, counseling, and/or legal services


Kay Bounkeua
Director of Programs, New Mexico Asian Family Center